Integrated Web Design: Social Networking — The Relationship between Humans and Computers is Coming of Age
Another intriguing piece that I include in the realm of social networking is the geographical mapping of individuals. We have of course been mapping the Internet itself for many years and we have a means of knowing where any given server resides. In fact, the majority of the servers I use are geographically nowhere near my home, and that's likely to be true for many readers, too.
Geographical mapping in a social context means that instead of mapping by machine, mapping is done for the location of the individual. A perfect example of this is GeoURL. By including some metadata in my site documents, the GeoURL server takes my coordinates and compares them to other registered blogs near me. This way, I can look through the web sites of people within my geographical area, potentially increasing and improving my social network on a local scale.